Hanshin set to bring Messenger back in '16

Nov 11, 2015

Hanshin set to bring Messenger back in '16

The Hanshin Tigers have decided to exercise their option for 2016 on pitcher Randy Messenger, a source close to the team has told The Japan Times. Messenger threw 193⅔ innings and finished 9-12 for the Tigers in 2015. The Reno, Nevada, native was often ...

Maeda, Fukudome among Golden Glove recipients

Nov 10, 2015

Maeda, Fukudome among Golden Glove recipients

Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda added another accolade to his already lengthy list when he was revealed as one of this year’s Mitsui Golden Glove recipients on Tuesday afternoon. Maeda is a winner for the fourth straight season and fifth time overall. Maeda is ...

Swallows made great strides during 2015 season

Oct 31, 2015

Swallows made great strides during 2015 season

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows were disappointed to fall short in the Japan Series against the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, but weren’t crushed by the defeat. While it’s possible the disappointment over the way the series ended, with the Hawks winning in five games, may never ...

Hawks claim back-to-back Japan Series titles

Oct 29, 2015

Hawks claim back-to-back Japan Series titles

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks only needed five games to win the Japan Series and show everyone they were the best team in NPB last season. Almost exactly one year to the day, Softbank proved that nothing had changed. Lee Dae-ho capped his outstanding series ...

Hawks move to brink of Japan Series glory

Oct 28, 2015

Hawks move to brink of Japan Series glory

For awhile it looked like the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks were going to run away with a win in the fourth game of this Japan Series. Then the tide shifted, and the defending champions found themselves holding on for dear life as they edged one ...

Yamada stakes claim as top player

Oct 28, 2015

Yamada stakes claim as top player

There are many who already think the Tokyo Yakult Swallows’ Tetsuto Yamada is the best all-around player in Japan. His historic three-home run (in three straight at-bats) night in Game 3 of the Japan Series on Tuesday probably turned a few more people into ...